Christel House South Africa is calling on donors to assist in funding its Buckets of Hope donation drive for needy learners.
The non-profit no-fee school in Ottery enrols students from some of the poorest communities on the Cape Flats and every December, the school provides its most destitute learners with a food bucket consisting of non-perishable goods and a few extra treats to help them through the December school holiday.
The main criteria for admission to Christel House is not evidence of talent, but evidence of poverty, one measure of which is a maximum average income of R1 500 per household member per month.
“During school, all our students receive daily nutritious meals and snacks, so the holiday period is always a concern for us. With the extended six-week December holiday coming up and the devastating impact that Covid-19 has had this year, we are very concerned for our most vulnerable families,” says Francois Louw, director of fundraising and marketing at the school.
“We are kindly asking the public to help us raise R80 000 to allow us to distribute 400 Buckets of Hope to our neediest families before the holiday break of (Tuesday) 15 December. Every donation counts and all South African donors will receive a Section 18A tax-deductible certificate for their contribution. Businesses can also earn BEE points for their donations as 100% of Christel House students are black as per the government definition.”
A single bucket costs R200 and any donations are welcome.